MEGANZ SVA was founded by Megan Murphy in 2007 and is situated in Cockle Bay, Howick, Auckland. It is surrounded by NZ native bush and a stones throw from some of Auckland's beautiful beaches.
Megan holds a Bachelor of Visual Arts from MIT, majoring in painting and illustration, however art has been in her life since she was a small child and going to art school had but a small part to play. Throughout the years her art practice has extended into many disciplines including - drawing, life drawing, painting, multi-media 2d and 3d work, assemblage work, clay and bronze sculpture, photography/computer-generated prints, and conceptual work.
She has exhibited in New Zealand, Australia and sent work to the United States. The ‘James Wallace Arts Trust’ acquired a work by Murphy to add to their collection. This work has been shown in the Auckland Unitec library and at the James Wallace Trust, Pah Homestead. She has had a solo exhibition at ‘Te Tuhi Centre for the Arts’ called ‘Invitation to Thought’.
Murphy won a merit award for the NCC Art Awards for her work ‘Arte Povera’ and she sent a work to the Artist Protest Anti Sedition Laws Exhibition at the Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre, NSW Australia.
Four illustrations were accepted for an insert of Issue 11 of Potroast Magazine. She has also recently illustrated the book by Alistair Shephard - Crossing the Irrawaddy. The allied offensive to retake Burma 1945.
Megan's philosophy: Be in the now, totally present with whatever you undertake. Be one with the work.
After all, 'there is only now'.
And - Keep Drawing!
Art Development Courses are aimed at -
For young students from age 8 to 12, we work on a mix between tutor directed and self initiated projects (things ‘they’ want to do). Making up fun and informative projects to work on. Introducing many techniques and different mediums.
We begin with drawings and branch out to paintings, sculpture, mixed media works and more.
College students are offered a valuable chance to supplement their school art programmes, We can help with art homework and offer guidence during that stressful time of producing final college art-boards for NCEA. These classes can also help students gather more examples of work for University portfolios, eg - Architecture Portfolio
Or they can just come along because they love it.
Casual One-on-one classes are available also.
By working on a mix of tutor directed and self directed projects each term, adult students are encouraged to pinpoint areas of their life and interests to help begin to identify their own unique symbols, themes and individual mark making.
A combination of drawing exercises, experimentation with different mediums and techniques along with research gathering will allow the natural process to flow,
to be able to tell their own story.